Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pacifica JV and Varsity Games

Friday night means another series of high school football games in America. We'll start with the Rio Mesa JV game.

JV Defense

This has been the strength of our JV team in '09 and today would be more of the same.

You MUST control the line of scrimmage!

A lot of pink on our uniforms tonight in honor of those who are battling or have battled cancer.

JV Toss Sweep

The JVs surged to a 34-0 lead before cruising to a 34-13 victory. The JVs are now 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Pacific View League.

The Run Through Sign

A staple of high school Varsity pre-games all over the USA. The Cheerleaders make 'em. . .

. . . and the Varsity breaks 'em!

Bombs Away Spartans!

The varsity got off to a quick start but Pacifica just played a more physical game and wore down the Spartans in the end.

Pacifica prevailed 35-14 making the Spartans 5-3 overall and 2-1 in PVL action.

Just before halftime I took this picture of an apparent Hurricane on the field.

Wouldn't you know it, it was an omen because. . .

. . .Two students from Sweden were in the stands!

Introducing Caroline Sjoqvist and Anton Eldh from Sweden. Theses two teenagers are going to observe classes at Rio Mesa for the next two weeks and I am going to be asking them a ton of questions during their stay here.

They are both from a town, whose name I should have written down, that is about 200 miles north of Stockholm which puts them approximately 600 miles from Hässleholm. Still, they both knew where the Home of the Hurricanes was located. Two nice young people indeed!

Cat Conti at Cronies

We ran into young Ms. Conti after our game last night. She was fresh off working the Camarillo vs. Channel Islands football game.

When I first met Cat about a dozen years ago, she was working at Camarillo's Cronies Sports Grill and working on getting her Teaching Credential.

She professed an interest in becoming a high school football referee, a first for a woman in our area and a rarity in the USA in general. Brian FitzGerald and I got her in touch with the head of our area's referee association and the rest as they say is history.

Cat is now an English teacher at Westlake H.S and is in her TENTH YEAR as a ref! She has gradually worked her way up to working NCAA Division II games in the Northwest Conference featuring teams in Oregon and Washington. Additionally, she has also been assigned to work one of the five California State Championship Bowl games at the end of this season.

A remarkable young lady don't you think!

Meanwhile 100 miles north of us. . .

Templeton Eagles 41 - Cabrillo Conquistadores 14

Riccardo Conticello's team dropped another one to sink to 1-7 on the campaign. We are going to try to drive up to Morro Bay for his game next Friday.

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